Coach and Loewe aim to push for sustainability with new carryall handbags

If there is a positive effect the pandemic has caused to the global fashion industry, it is strengthening the conversation about sustainability, consumption, adapting to a more circular business model among the industry giants. The pandemic positioned things in a proper perspective, putting what is essential at the forefront and merging design with innovation to come up with the best solutions.

Among the many brands taking essential steps for a greener retail industry are Coach and Loewe. The luxury labels launched this month their current bag designs made of leather remnants from their past collections, woven to create new carryall handbags that bear the right causes.

Coach’s Upwoven bags

“A more environmentally responsible approach to fashion” has been one of the cores of Coach’s latest collections, making it opt for vegetable-tanned, naturally-dyed leather and recycled materials. That is why the American fashion house is reimagining its classic Ergo shoulder bag and Field tote as part of its “Coach Forever” collection. The bags are made of woven leather from the excess materials, intricately braided to give a tapestry-like look and texture.

 “It was important to me to challenge how we create our collections, and consider their impact on our communities and planet,” Coach’s creative director Stuart Vevers said. 

Loewe’s Woven basket bag

From one fashion house to another, Loewe is also taking on sustainably in a way that is similar to Coach’s. The Spanish fashion label launches The Surplus Project, where calfskin leather remains of different hues are turned into the Woven basket bag.

Loewe artisan Ana Maria Muñoz gives new life to the waste materials, turning them into a beautiful lattice-worked bag, a design that was first seen on Jonathan Anderson’s spring-summer 2015 debut runway show.

The fashion house describes The Surplus Project “as a new way to rethink and reuse the high quality surplus materials of previous collections,” and its “step closer to circularity.”

Check the pieces @loewe and @coach on Instagram.

Source: Manila Bulletin (